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Framingham Footprints Lead To Local Man's Arrest

FRAMINGHAM- Footprints in the snow told police everything they needed to know after following the trail from broken shop windows back to a Framingham home early Thursday morning.

Officers responded to burglar alarms at Prime Energy and Clean Machine on Route 9 in Framingham just before 2am on Thursday where they found nearby bricks had been tossed into both of the shops' windows. While it appears nothing was taken from either business, police did notice a curious set of footprints in the snow that took them over a fence and down Concord Road until they reached the home where 27-year-old Richard Michael Hughes lived with his mother.

Hughes, having recently been arrested for two break-ins in which entry was gained through breaking the window, told officers he had been sleeping on the couch. Yet police say his wet clothes seemed to tell a different story, and when officers matched his snow covered boots against the footprints in the snow they say they found an exact match.

Hughes is being charged with two counts of breaking and entering and four counts of malicious destruction of property. He was held on $500 bail, and is due back in court in late March.

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